Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

John Lennon was inspired to write these words after his then four-year-old son, Julian, came home with a picture he’d painted of a friend at school one day. When John asked his son to tell him about his painting Julian said, “It’s Lucy in the sky, with diamonds.” The story could end there, but that one spontaneous painting by a child spawned one of Rock and Roll’s all time hits. Again, it could end there. But the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” went on to inspire the name of the 3-million- year-old hominin remains discovered in Africa in 1974 and in 2004 became the namesake of the universe’s largest known diamond, the white dwarf star BPM 37093, now known as Lucy.

At the Galloway School we recognize the far-reaching influence of artistic expression. We believe in nurturing individual creativity while fostering connections across the disciplines. Every Galloway student participates in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts in their general classrooms as well as in classes specifically dedicated to the arts.

Galloway teachers recognize the multiplicity of ways students learn and express their understanding. The arts are used as a vehicle for teaching and assessment across content areas. From preschool children painting murals of the life cycle of the butterfly to high school students creating movie-trailers based on their study of the Cultural Revolution in China, Galloway students learn to draw upon their creativity in all areas of learning.

The Galloway School also recognizes the arts as disciplines to be studied as seriously as any other academic subject. Students learn the fundamental elements of the various art forms from professionals who lead them in hands-on experiences designed to teach the creative process from the conception of an idea to the final reflection following presentation.

So, “picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.” Can you see it? Feel it? Hear it? Now imagine breathing life into a 3-million- year-old skeleton and boarding a rocket ship with her to fly to that distant star. The arts are at the heart of the Galloway experience, connecting students, teachers, and parents together in a journey of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Peggy Benkeser
Director of Arts

Peggy Benkser
Peggy Benkeser
Director of Arts
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Galloway Dance Ensemble presents student-made works in its spring concert on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in the Chaddick Theater.
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